04 May 2003

Silat to be introduced in Selangor schools

SHAH ALAM, May 4 (Bernama) -- The Selangor government is taking steps to introduce silat in schools to help improve discipline among students.

Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohamad Khir Toyo said a working paper on this was being drawn up and a special allocation would be given for the project.

"We are planning to set up silat arenas in schools for students to undergo training to boost their self-esteem to ward off social ills," he told reporters after opening the biennial general meeting of the Silat Lincah Association of Malaysia (PSSLM) here today.

He praised PSSLM for opening its membership to non-Malays, saying this could help to foster unity among the various races.

PSSLM had attracted 850,000 members, including 3,000 Chinese and Indians, since its inception in 1966, he said.

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